Blog :: 11-2018

Top Content of November 2018

It's time for another roundup of our most popular content from this month!

#1: Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

The biggest news of the month was that our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade fundraiser raised enough money to provide full Thanksgiving meals to 12 local families in need, blowing past our initial goal of raising enough to support five families. 

#2: Black Mountain Rental

Two bedroom two bathroom ground level apartment attached to main house located in Black Mountain on top of mountain road. Very open living space floor plan. All new paint. Lovely outdoor area. 4WD vehicle highly recommended. Washer & dryer provided. Huge screened porch.

Utilities included: electric, water, trash pick-up, wi-fi internet, satellite TV, AC unit
Tenants pay for propane for heater . Perfect location for single person or maximum of two. Owners live in attached house. Application fee $30.00 for credit/criminal background check. Serious inquiries, only.

#3: Flat Laurel Creek Hike

We love showing off all the amazing outdoor adventures we get to go on in the natural playground that is Western North Carolina, and our Instagram followers like these glimpses into our beautiful region.

#4: Asheville, North Carolina: Happiest City in America

"Why are residents of this charming North Carolina city always smiling? Find out in our report on Asheville, NC: one of the happiest cities around" via

#5: Beer Flights!

And unsurprisingly, our fans love content related to beer since we do live and work in and near Beer City aka Asheville. 

What topics would you like to see us cover in our blog next month? Leave a comment and let us know!

Black Mountain Businesses to Support to #ShopSmall

Everyone has heard of Black Friday, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? This concept was launched in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses that were hurting from the 2010 economic recession "in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong." Momentum has been strong since, and today, more than 7,000 Neighborhood Champions in all 50 states that help promote the movement. And with eight years under its belt, Small Business Saturday has encouraged customers to spend more than $85 billion dollars in only eight Saturdays of shopping small. 

To encourage YOU to shop small tomorrow, here are some local Black Mountain businesses that are having #ShopSmall specials. Plus, many of our community entrepreneurs are donating a portion of their proceeds to Bounty and Soul, a local nonprofit dedicated to "creating healthier communities through accessibility to fresh produce, nutrition literacy, and health and wellness counseling, regardless of income level." We love supporting this important nonprofit and helped sponsor their VegOut fundraiser at Pisgah Brewing earlier this year. Many will also be handing out "Small Business Saturday" swag bags while supplies last.

1. Roots and Fruits Market, 151 S. Ridgeway Avenue

To celebrate the opening on their online store, they are offering a buy one get one half off special through Monday, November 26 at midnight at Plus, free shipping for all orders of $50!

2. Tyson Furniture Company Inc., 109 Broadway 

They'll still be offering their Black Friday specials at their one-of-a-kind furniture retail store.

3. Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery, 104 Eastside Drive #307

Offering lots of seasonal hard ciders like the Fenberry (cranberry + maple mead) to help break up your shopping, plus they have to-go mulling kits and mugs of mulled apfelwein.

4. Mountain Nest, 133 Cherry Street

This gallery showcases work from over 100 local and regional artists, including Tanya Franklin, who makes these beautiful stained glass Christmas trees.

5. Visions of Creation Gallery, 100 Cherry Street

Offering a buy one, get 2nd of equal or lesser value items all weekend! They offer handcrafted custom designed jewelry created by Roberto Vengoechea.

Be sure to share your Black Mountain shopping experience and include the hashtag #ShopSmall! 

How to Give Back This Thanksgiving in Western North Carolina

We have so many reasons to be thankful living in Western North Carolina: breathtaking mountains, endless outdoor recreation, and top quality food, drink, art and more thanks to inventive and creative entrepreneurs and makers. So in this holiday season of giving, we wanted to round up a few ways you can give back to our community and region, including our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade.

1. Mast General Store Coat Collection

"From Nov. 1-30 is hosting the 14th annual Share the Warmth coat collection drive. Bring in a new or gently used coats, fleece, jacket, sweater + other outerwear (scarves, blankets, gloves, hats, etc.) which will then be donated among the community." 

2. Donate to Western Carolina Rescue's Week of Thankfulness

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) will hold a week long celebration in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Each day of this week there will have a specific theme and giveaway 
for the general public during dinner service.  Services will be held Monday 19th - Friday 23rd from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in the WCRM dining room. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jessica May (828)254-1529 or Donations can be made at

3. Holiday Gift Drive for Enka Middle and Enka Intermediate

"Help support students in need during the holidays at Enka Middle and Enka Intermediate! We are looking for folks to sponsor a student (or students) this holiday season. For each student, we will be asking the sponsor to provide one pair of shoes, a shirt and pair of pants, and one fun item ($50-$100 total per child). Once you express interest, we will get you the information about sizes and the students' interests. Please, no used items. 

Please sign up by November 19 and plan to have your gifts to Enka Middle School by December 3. Thanks!" via Hands On Asheville.

4. Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

And last but not least, we are collecting funds to deliver full Thanksgiving dinners to Black Mountain families in need. We've received generous donations already from several folks including Paul Allen, Holly Askew Lindsey of Keller Williams Black MountainJennifer Ames, and Joan Hall Weaver. Please join us in helping feed as many families as possible! Donations accepted at our Black Mountain office, 100 W. State Street, or through PayPal at through November 19.

5 Day Trips to Take From Black Mountain

Black Mountain is situated just 20 minutes from Asheville, but that's not the only mountain community worth exploring. With so many mountain towns to eat, drink, and sightsee through in Western North Carolina, putting roots down in Black Mountain makes for a fun home base to enjoy all the amazing small businesses, makers, and artists that make our region so special. So, we've provided a short description of some of four of our favorite WNC day trips, and all of these locations are less than an hour's drive from Black Mountain!

1. Saluda, 48 miles / 49 minutes from Black Mountain

The tiny town of Saluda has a population of under 1,000 people and has retained that Main Street, tight-knit vibe since 1831 thanks in part to being home to North Carolina's oldest grocery store, Thompson's Store, which opened in 1890. Today's grocery store is flanked by ta few tasty restaurants like The Purple Onion, Green River Barbeque, and Whistle Stop Pizza. Be sure to stop at the tiny Green River Brew Depot for a local craft brew from one of their 14 rotating taps.

2. Lake Lure, 23 miles / 42 minutes from Black Mountain

Made famous by being the backdrop to the original Dirty Dancing movie. The lake community celebrates their claim to fame with their annual Dirty Dancing Festival every September (and yes, they host a "lake lift" competition! The rest of the year, Lake Lure makes the view from Chimney Rock extra special, and a water wonderland with boat, kayak, and SUP rentals available. Or, let someone else do the driving and join a scenic lake cruise.

3. Morganton, 41 miles / 43 minutes from Black Mountain

The local-ingredient-obsessed Fonta Flora Brewery has helped put Morganton on the map by gaining international recognition for their craft brews. But before Fonta Flora opened in their historic flatiron building, Root + Vine opened down the street--with an adorable courtyard--following a similar locally-sourced, scratch made philosophy. And one of North Carolina's best-known breweries, Catawba, also has a  production facility and taproom in Morganton. 

4. Hendersonville, 39 miles / 43 minutes from Black Mountain

Another adorable downtown resides in Hendersonville, dotted with inventive restaurants, craft breweries, bars, and coffee shops that would fit right in as part of Asheville's or a larger city's culinary landscape. Go to Never Blue to experience unique items like Lamb Kofta and Gypsy Cheese (poblano-smoked jalapeño pimento cheese dip) and plenty of Southern staples with a twist like shrimp and grits and butter biscuits and jams. Hendough Chicken & Biscuits and Umi are also amazing local eateries.

What is your favorite small mountain town in Western North Carolina? Let us know on our Facebook page